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    Impressed so far.

    I asked for a sample square of a polypropylene backdrop to be sent up a while ago and after seeing how it seemed to defy creasing ( or at least iron itself back into shape ) I bought a roll of white.

    I have used it once, yesterday , deliberately with no lighting on it and it seems to take on a very even ( almost neutral grey ) colour and texture and doesn't impart a colour cast. I will experiment more with lighting on it this weekend to see how it spreads light.

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    looks pretty good Andrew...no creases sounds very good to me. I bought some black velvet type material but alas, it does crease a bit.
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    Graeme, I deliberately creased the 50mm square sample very very harshly and it "sprang" back into shape sitting on the desk over night.

    It is even a lot more forgiving than paper and doesn't seem to be as reflective.

    I forgot the details on where I got it from before. ------- http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/i...NTHETIC&brand=

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    thanks! Looks good, how does it perform with proper lighting?

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    That looks extremely interesting Andrew, I have been considering vinyl, but this is a lot more affordable.
    What does the durability seem like?

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    Kym, I haven't tried it with light full on to it yet, from the one or two shots that I took with some light spilling onto it the material seems to diffuse it well.

    Lani, the pictured sample measures approx 65 x 55 mm and that little piece has been screwed up, folded in 4, rubbed on a dirty floor, then cut with scissors and torn by hand.

    After sitting by itself for a while it seems to return to somewhere near original shape. It also takes a fair amount of effort to tear it by hand ( just before the photo was taken ) along the line of the scissor cut.

    Think of an indestructible "chux" dish washing cloth that is quite "stiff".


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    That looks like an affordable and great background..... might have to get some to test as well! Whats the weight of it like? Nice and light or quite heavy?
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    It is quite a bit lighter than a roll of background paper the same size. It is no effort for me to lift it, the aluminium core and roller assembly into place with one hand, a roll of paper generally requires two hands.

    It isn't the ideal solution for a backdrop / flooring but it does seem to offer a fair bit of bang for buck so far.

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    I actually located a company in cairns that has chromakey fabrics of various thicknesses held in stock the other day. I'm waiting for them to get back to me with a price. I dunno if they're going to make me get a full roll or not. Hopefully they'll do cut lengths for me.

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    I think for the very low usage that I would be doing - it would be more than sufficient And much better than the remnant t-shirt fabric I have been using!
    Might put in an order on Mon.

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    One thing that I forgot to mention is that if you try to order this item from Vanbar's site as I did the freight cost applied is RIDICULOUS and I rang them and insisted on ordering over the phone with the full amount including freight stated.

    The difference between their proper freight rate and the internet calculator is around the $120.00 mark It cost me $35.00 Melbourne to here ( fair price ) but obviously other locations will be more or less depending on distance.

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    Geez! That is a huge difference

    I went through to the end stage of ordering last night - 3mtrs of background (I really don't need a full roll!) and one flash diffuser, freight was $15 (not too bad) but if I wanted aus post was $30....

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    As a follow up to the background testing I photographed a young lady, Miriam, today and concentrated on getting lighting correct on her and the backdrop using only two lights.

    Using a main light and fill light set to spill some light on to the backdrop it retains a fairly diffused nature.


    Turning one light into a purely backdrop light and cranking up the power to "blow" the background while using another to "fill" the subject from the front proved the case for this material. I had to apply very little processing to the backdrop section to keep the whole lot looking clean ( the exposures weren't perfect to start with) and it seems to keep a fairly true colour to it all through the shot.

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    Nice!

    Mine arrived today - I went with grey.... we'll see if it's capable of being used for high key, like This

    It's an odd texture, not something I would have thought would work for a background!
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    I @ M I posted my pics over in This thread Seeing as what I was trying to achieve was the different colour backgrounds.

    So far I LOVE the background - and your right it's incredibly light! I do think though I will order another in Black - just so I can play with coloured flash gels on the backgrounds and get good deep colours

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